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Diesel and Gas Prices Now Running Even

Diesel and Gas Prices Now Running Even

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The gas and diesel market now running even. Reaction from Harry Cooney, Manager of Customer Risk Management for GROWMARK. According to Triple A, the current Illinois average for a gallon of gasoline sits at $2.98 a gallon, which is 11-cents lower than a year ago. Diesel prices in Illinois are averaging $2.96…read more

Illinois Could Soon Ban Smoking in Cars With Kids

Illinois Could Soon Ban Smoking in Cars With Kids

SPRINGFIELD (IRN) — It could soon be against the law to smoke in the car if kids are present. The Illinois Senate is the last stop for a plan that would ban smoking in cars with kids. State Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Deerfield, said the idea is all about safety. Her proposal would ban smoking, even with the…read more

Pritzker says his progressive income tax plan will reduce property taxes

Pritzker says his progressive income tax plan will reduce property taxes

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said his proposed progressive income tax plan will lower property taxes and his proposed capital construction plan will grow the state’s economy. Several House Democrats have said they want to see tangible property tax relief included as part of any plan to change the state constitution’s flat tax to…read more

Bryant Calling SB 1966 “Most Aggressive Frontal Assault” on Constitutional Rights After Bill Passes Committee

Bryant Calling SB 1966 “Most Aggressive Frontal Assault” on Constitutional Rights After Bill Passes Committee

SPRINGFIELD — State Representative Terry Bryant (R-Murphysboro) said Tuesday’s passage of SB 1966 through the House’s Judiciary Criminal Law Committee is the most aggressive frontal assault on Constitutional Rights that she has seen in her time in Springfield. Bryant says SB1966 forces unfunded mandates on over-burdened State Police officials, massive increases in fees for FOID applications…read more

More react to recreation marijuana

More react to recreation marijuana

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Smart Approaches to Marijuana-Illinois or SAM-IL, wants state lawmakers to slow down and consider the best options before rushing headlong into the legalization of recreational marijuana. Colton Grace is a spokesman for SAM-IL. Representatives of SAM-IL are continuing to lobby against the current legalization legislation which the organization claims does not account…read more

House Committee Passed Tax Proposal

House Committee Passed Tax Proposal

ILLINOIS (RFD) — The move to change Illinois flat income tax structure is another step closer for voters to consider in 2 years. It’s a long process but another rung has been climbed on the ladder as a house committee advanced a bill Monday to the full house for consideration. However, the bill out of…read more

Illinois Close to Increasing Penalties for Texting While Driving

Illinois Close to Increasing Penalties for Texting While Driving

SPRINGFIELD (IRN) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker will decide if the state will get tougher on people who injure others while texting and driving The fine for texting while driving in Illinois is $75. It’s the same fine if you’re cruising down the street, or if you hit someone and leave them with a broken…read more

Advocates Push to Preserve Illinois History with Public Funds

ILLINOIS (IRN) — A group trying to save historic places in Illinois wants the government to spend more money to help preserve landmark sites. Lisa DiChiera, director of advocacy for Landmarks Illinois, said the government has shown an unwillingness to spend public money or taxpayer dollars on older historic buildings. DiChiera said places such as…read more

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